Friday, May 2, 2008

Children's Day (こどもの日)

Children's day in Japan, or "Boy's Day" as it is traditionally known (端午の節句), is one of the holidays making up Golden Week (in fact it is the last day).

The parents in households with at least one little boy put up poles with three fish shaped kite like things hanging from it. What I heard is that they symbolize the parents and the boy facing the hardships of life and beating them - just like the fish swimming upstream. The parents also put a samurai helmet inside the apartment which symbolizes strength. Even though Children's Day is on May 5th this year "the fish" have been out for a few days already. I took a picture of one apartment with them on my way to work yesterday. They look really pretty in the wind...

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